ISI 'torture' victim wins right to appeal in UK court
A Pakistani origin man, who alleged that he was tortured by the ISI with the complicity of British spy agencies, has won the right to appeal against his terror convictions in a British court.Updated: Jul 01, 2010 21:25 IST
A Pakistani origin man, who alleged that he was tortured by the ISI with the complicity of British spy agencies, has won the right to appeal against his terror convictions in a British court.
The lawyers of 34-year-old Rangzieb Ahmed, who was convicted for being a member of the banned Islamist terror group Harkat-ul-Mujahideen, argued that British complicity in his unlawful detention and torture by Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) in Pakistan was so great that his conviction should be overturned.
"It is submitted that agents of the UK were complicit in the mistreatment and the torture of Rangzieb Ahmed by the Inter Services Intelligence in Pakistan and it is submitted that the effect of that complicity is such that this court should grant leave to appeal against his convictions," Joel Bennathan, Ahmed's counsel, was quoted as telling the Court of Appeal.
The UK Appeal Court said Ahmed's case needed to be looked at in light of allegations about MI5 and MI6.
After being deported to UK, Ahmed was convicted at Manchester Crown court in December 2008 of membership of Harkat-ul-Mujahideen. He is now serving a life sentence.
The decision to grant Ahmed leave to appeal also comes at a time when the new coalition government is finalising the terms of inquiry to be held into allegations of British collusion in overseas torture.
Among the documents submitted to the appeal court at yesterday's hearing was the transcript of a statement made in the Commons last year by David Davis, the former Shadow Home Secretary.
It detailed the way officers of both MI5 and MI6 and detectives from Greater Manchester Police are alleged to have orchestrated the events that led to Ahmed being detained in Pakistan for 13 months and subject to torture by the ISI.
Davis told MPs that Ahmed from Rochdale, Greater Manchester was allowed to fly from Manchester to Pakistan after the evidence upon which he was subsequently convicted had been gathered.
The Pakistani authorities were tipped off and British intelligence agencies suggested that their Pakistani counterparts detain him, in full knowledge of "the normal methods" that were employed against terrorism suspects.
First Published: Jul 01, 2010 21:24 IST